I wanted to bring some structure to my MM10 training so I just downloaded the Sufferfest (the spiraling down) training vid. I remember reading about it last year on here so what the hell I thought.
Jesus do I feel sick and battered. I could only manage the first 30 minute cycle but it's very well put together. Although painful it's the most interesting way I've ever spent 30 minutes on the trainer, and for me 30 mins on the trainer is normally an eternity.
However if I ever see a number "16" plate on a rider's back I think I'd be likely to kill them. I just need to MTFU / FTFU is suppose now and build up to the full hour. Anyway, £6 well spent…I thinkPosted 7 years agoglenncampbellMember
Always a tough one! I do the intervals on downward spiral as hard as I can and the HRM will follow the curve up, although the fight club is just AWESOME and I enjoy that and the music a lot more. 95% of max heart rate for those intervals is hard to do – I tend to get up to 90% of max tops, which is my case us 185bpm. Then again, if you feel up to it, there's always the sufferfest double 😉Posted 7 years agodickydutchMember
I love both the sufferfest films. Have also done them back to back (only the once) and very nearly saw my lunch again.Posted 7 years ago
I do think the Spinervals sessions are as tough, if not tougher though! And their session for technique and recovery is also worth a pop.
New sufferfest out soon by the way!
+1, Downward Spiral is awesome, haven't downloaded Fight Club yet.
MTFU, I always feel destroyed after the first set of intervals, but there's a good long recovery after them and I'm always surprised that I'm able to pick myself up and get on with the second set. 😈Posted 7 years ago
Is it not a little early in the year to be doing such intensive workouts? (Unless you race right now/coming months)
It is, if the sole focus is MM (which is in June..!), but I had my first road (well, circuit) race last Sat, and I need to MTFU and do some more training if I don't want a similar kicking next week.Posted 7 years ago
if your not doing with hrm – wasting time
I'd agree with that for longer/steadier efforts, but The Downward Spiral is "go hard as you can until you puke or they tell you to stop" short intervals. HRM not so relevant for that. TBH, I think I'd struggle to be able to focus well enough to read the display!Posted 7 years ago
I'm not a serious racer by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought (wrongly?) that intervals would bring a bit of structure to my time on the trainer. I'll do a couple of road sportives, and possibly D2D as well this year but I'm a weekend warrior at best.
So are you (collectively) suggesting that I shouldn't even bother with this type of training, or that I'm just way too early for it?
If nothing else, won't it help me MTFU and build some pain tollerance as well as the ability to put in bursts of sustained effort on my normal riding?
Cheers!Posted 7 years agouponthedownsMember
Nothing wrong with getting a bit of intensity done over the winter. That's what I'm doing and my goals are much the same as yours. Traditionalists would say that you should be doing long slow rides this time of year to build an aerobic base but, come on, with the winter we've had is that really an option? I get bored easily on the turbo so long slow sessions are not an option. This winter I've been doing interval sessions to build up my functional threshold power. Its worked and out on the road I feel stronger that I ever have at this time of year- just need to build up distance now.
Coaches like Chris Carmichael have training programmes built on 6 hrs riding a week concentrating on interval training and its as effective as traditional training but the periods of peak performance peaks are shorter.Posted 7 years ago
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